Category Archives: Duncker Patricia

The Strange Case of the Composer and his Judge by Patricia Duncker

DATE FINISHED: October 8th, 2011             

RATED: *** 

SYNOPSIS:  On New Year’s Day of the new millennium, a group of bodies is found in the snow, echoing an earlier group suicide by members of the Faith. The local police detective, Schweigen, is reuinited with an old flame (the Judge of the title) to solve the mystery. When a curious book of undecipherable symbols is discovered near the scene of the crime, the Judge is led to the Composer, an irresistible attraction, and many questions without answers…

THOUGHTS:  The most mysterious thing about this novel was the consistently unprofessional behaviour of the protagonists. Read more of this post

The Emigre by Joan Brady

DATE FINISHED: March 6th, 2011

RATED: ****

SYNOPSIS: Nikolas Strakhan is a lifelong conman – a talented but failed musician, did he sell his soul to the devil? Either way, he is the black sheep of his extended family, living by his charm & wit. When he turns up in the London papers about to conduct an orchestra, scientist Evie (Bored at work – and, to be honest, also with her boyfriend) becomes fascinated by the exploits of her boyfriend’s curiously charismatic, overweight uncle.

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